Top "10" for 2010...Ten Very Good Reasons to Buy Junk

January 8th, 2010 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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Orbs of course! Im sure none of you are surprised by this pick after seeing my collection of all things round. I love orbs of all different sizes and textures. Wooden, concrete, glass, or metal...theyre all way too cool. You can use them in projects or simply as is. Found objects grouped together in your garden or in your home like this make for a distinctive design statement. Yummy! I also think that collections of stuff in the rough placed thoughtfully about your home can offer inspiration for future projects. I spy candle holders, a lamp, or possibly bookends crated from these little lovlies. What do you see? Start your collection today!
Lets talk about ready  to rockn roll vintage furniture. Heres a look that I think is hip, hop, and happening! The trend in vintage furnishings (or at least for me) is going a little more industrial sporting clean lines and crisp, contrasting materials. The white glass against the metal frame of this desk is too cool for school. The curved meets straight line design...superb! This desk is what I refer to as a chameleon piece. It could fit in any home regardless of style. Ya gotta love that!
You all know I love signs. This year Im puttin the street sign on my top 10 for 2010. Why? Because they are very easy to find, you can usually pick them up at a resonable price, theyre versatile, graphic, and black and white fits well with any color story. I like the contrast of stark black and white with the neutrals I am in love with this year.
Frames. Who doesnt love the frame? Good, golly, gee, whiz...I know that they are pretty standard in the junk world, but so what? They continue to be a true staple of a junkers decorating ways. Frame up a sconce, dress up a window, incorporate one into your table decor, make a table top, or add wire and hang jewelry. I think you get my drift. The possibilities for the frame are endless! Youll notice I chose warm woods and soft whites. Neutral, neutral, neutral. Frames are here to stay so neutral is a good choice. That will allow you to add accent colors that suit your fancy on items that may come and go. Make sense?
Ya know me....a good, old, Minnesota girl raised on farm junk. Galvanized, like warm woods, and soft whites work well with anything you can throw at it. Plus, galvanized, farm junk is ripe for re-purpose. If youve shied away from galvanized in the past because it seems too industrial...you might want to try a piece or two on for size. Shootie, doots! Who knows...you just might like it!
Im all over the turquoise glass this year. This may have come from my recent vacation sailing on beautiful water of exactly this color, hmmm... memories! Its a refreshing color without being all up in your face. Its the pop without the pow factor. It also works well the softewr side of green I like this year.
Great grates. I chose the grate for several different reasons. If I had a nickel for ervery time someone on the site said, thats a grate table or thats a grate project...Id be a wealthy woman!! It seems that we all share the same grate affection for the grate. Hahahaha! Number two, grates are multi-functional. Number three...every junker needs a little something rusty in their life! Grates are grate to decorate with. A few more nickels for my pocket.
In a world filled with neutrals theres always room for playful and colorful textiles. Vintage ticking combined with natural burlaps and linens is a favorite of mine. As you can see, ticking comes in a mutitude of colors. I ll be after the colors that mimic fresh picked vegatables from the back yard garden. If you want even more pizazz throw a big, bad apple floral into the mix!
Any kind of case will do. Suitcases, train cases, slide cases...nut cases! Just wanted to see if you were paying attention. Like frames these babies just never get old! They are a hansome addition to any decor and offer storage to boot.
Me thinks this is the year of the garden junk. Concrete is all the rage in my book and the chippier the better. Planters, bird baths, and other concrete statuary can be used indoors as well as in the great outdoors. Awesome! Word of caution...bring a dolly, concrete is hernia inducing junk.
So there you have it, but before I go...lets talk about something that will never be absent from my junking list of favs. That my friends would be you...all of my junking buddies. Junking is all about having fun and building friendships that will last a lifetime!
And, of course...what woud a top 10 list be without some old guys, good junk, and some crap? Ah hahahaha! I love my job!
Orbs of course! Im sure none of you are surprised by this pick after seeing my collection of all things round. I love orbs of all different sizes and textures. Wooden, concrete, glass, or metal...theyre all way too cool. You can use them in projects or simply as is. Found objects grouped together in your garden or in your home like this make for a distinctive design statement. Yummy! I also think that collections of stuff in the rough placed thoughtfully about your home can offer inspiration for future projects. I spy candle holders, a lamp, or possibly bookends crated from these little lovlies. What do you see? Start your collection today!

Orbs of course! I'm sure none of you are surprised by this pick after seeing my collection of all things round. I love orbs of all different sizes and textures. Wooden, concrete, glass, or metal...they're all way too cool. You can use them in projects or simply as is. Found objects grouped together in your garden or in your home like this make for a distinctive design statement. Yummy! I also think that collections of stuff in the rough placed thoughtfully about your home can offer inspiration for future projects. I spy candle holders, a lamp, or possibly bookends crated from these little lovlies. What do you see? Start your collection today!


I think we all agree that junk is what it's all about. Right? Phew! Glad everyone agrees with that or I'd be writing on the wrong website. This year for me will be all about going back to the basics. I'll be keeping things pure, keeping 'em simple, and oh so approachable. We've endured some difficult times this past year and we'll be facing even more in the year ahead. That is why a simplistic, sensible, and sustainable approach to junking is my plan. There is something comforting about timeless junk crafted from warm woods, rusty metals, and chippy concrete. This type of junk will create a neutral pallette and provide the bones and structure for a look that will stand the test of time. Throw in some colors from nature like ocean blue, garden variety greens, and just for fun....colors that remind you of fresh picked veggies from the backyard garden! What could be more comfy than that?!


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Comments (25)

Grasshopper22 writes: Great post Sue...you always find the right words and you are way to funny :) I can hardly wait for Spring and get out to yard sales. Posted: 11:24 am on January 12th
suewhitney writes: Hey All,

Thanks so much....I'm glad you like my picks for the year. Jenny, I would love to tell you more about the saw blade, but I am afraid I don't know much about it other than it was what originally drew me to that booth. It is about 36 inches in diameter and very primitive. I spotted it in Texas at the Marburger Show. The other thing I know about it? I should have bought it. Hahahaha!

Happy Junking,
Sue Posted: 7:04 am on January 12th
pjjunker writes: I'm seeing galvanized metal everywhere I look! I just picked up an old "bait bucket" in Vegas. Just added some twinkle lights for a new Christmas look. Next year I'm going to add a themed Christmas tree for some lucky fisherman!
I'm not far from LA...when I can't find a good junk sale, I rescue great stuff from Walmart! Posted: 7:49 pm on January 11th
therustedgate writes: You're right, you're right, you're right! But most of all you are right about the friends we have made through junking!
The best! Muah! Here's to another great year! Posted: 4:50 pm on January 11th
writes: Sue,
I really look forward to your yearly Top 10 and these choices are fabulous. I especially love the orbs and plan on posting something using them soon. Speaking of orbs, can you give us a little hint about the saw-blade-wood-thing in the back of that photo?

Keep 'em coming Sister! You inspire us all and we appreciate you very much!

Jenny K Posted: 12:40 am on January 11th
junkermidge writes: Sue, great (nope, not going there) post. It's nice to be ahead of the game on what to be looking for in the coming year. And who better to hear it from than the junk master herself. Thank you for all you do and for the inspiration you bring to so many. Can't even say how much I enjoy being a part of it, and how much it's helped me. Looking forward to a great year of junking in 2010. Happpy New Year and Happy Junking to you.
Midge Posted: 7:55 pm on January 10th
bluebucket writes: Love all your your top ten. I have never seen such an unique desk. Your post re-affirms why I junk and doesn't make me feel so bad about all the "stuff" I have.
Of your top ten I have; picture frames, grates, farm junk (chicken feeders etc.), fabric, suitcases (lots and lots). I need to keep an eye out for orbs.
Thanks to you and all the other junkers for all the inspiration.
doreen Posted: 11:57 am on January 10th
Prior writes: "grate" top ten... Lezlee Posted: 7:09 pm on January 9th
OLDcrowAntiques writes: Sue,your pictures have given us old crows spring fever in early January. As I shoveled today, calculated opening weekend for garage sales in SE Minnesota is just over 12 weeks away ! Posted: 6:09 pm on January 9th
CleverThinker writes: Well I'm in Los Angeles County...not many farms here so junkin is a different type of past time.....of course, you can always pull over on the freeway and pick up old bullet casings LOL!!!

I love your site, really enjoying the inspirations of other Junquers, and the pics you offer here are killer! Best to you and all of JMS this year!!!

Happy Gnu Ear!!!
Larry Posted: 3:33 pm on January 9th
LittleRedHen writes: Welcome Back from you trip! I am envious! Happy New Year! I am also ready for a full year of junking. I agree with Jim, I draw so much inspiration for this site and all of the wonderful members! I'm loving your top ten. Really like to turquoise glass. How about Mercury Glass? And I am a fabric lover, so it's time for the hunt! Posted: 3:04 pm on January 9th
JunkArchitect writes:
“I think we all agree that junk is what it's all about. Right?” Yes, you are correct Suzy-Q. We all know there’s thousands…millions of reason to buy junk and you keep showing us more and more inspiring ways to create with it. So thanks Sue and the entire JMS gang for all the fantastic ideas that are shared every day.

Great Top “10” List!

Jim Posted: 8:57 am on January 9th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Wonderful post, Sue! And thanks so much for justifying my reasons to gather all the junk our there that's good and plenty! The desk is *to*die*for* and I can definitely see it fitting in each of our homes. Gotta get me more farm junk though!

Happy New Year to you and yours and I look forward to another fabulous year here at JUNKMARKET Style!
Candy
Posted: 8:43 am on January 9th
oldnews writes: Fun stuff! All projects in the making! Can't wait to see what some of them become! Marie Posted: 2:33 am on January 9th
ninnarae writes: Great stuff...makes me want to go junkin'! Posted: 10:31 pm on January 8th
junktiqueboutique writes: ALRIGHT!! I have all top 10 items, some just waiting for the right project. I don't have a junking friend to go with but my husband goes with me so no matter who finds it, it comes home with me. I've been reading both of your books AGAIN and I always see something new. Posted: 8:23 pm on January 8th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: SUE,
Well I'm glad you had a nice vacation.My favorite on this site is picture the one with all of you at Ornoco.That was neat and will always be a special place for me because that is where I got aquainted with JMS and all the neat people.You always have the neastest JUNK.I,m even looking for some in the sporting line now,Had a nice Newyear and will soon put something on for all you to look at.I just ask GOD to bless you tremdously this year and looking forward to some tremendous things on the JMS sight.I really encourage people to get on the sight and always let them know how special you are.NEWYEAR BLESSINGS TO YOU, ROBERT. Posted: 6:53 pm on January 8th
greencolleen writes: just what is that turquoise glass ??? too pretty tho.
great start to a new yr.now that i'm a proud tractor owner is even more important to watch where the funds are going. did find an old canteen but no cute jacket for it so i'm going to make my own.
im like so many on this site i look at most things differently now, what can it become, truely get sooooo much inspiration form this site. ;). let the fun begin. after the child kitchen i scored last dec my coworkers are paying attention to possibilities. Posted: 5:35 pm on January 8th
roadtriplouise writes: Love your top 10 junk list, happy junking to all us junkers in 2010!! Posted: 3:25 pm on January 8th
grannijo writes: Sue I agree with the others I am sooo looking forward to this year and the "JUNKIN" ideas...I have always liked to junk but since finding this site I Love it!!!...never a day goes by that I don't look at stuff differently...thanks so much for this site and all the talented people that show projects here....thanks for sharing...

Sue: will there be another book or magazine soon?

sharon Posted: 2:37 pm on January 8th
54girl writes: Love all your picks!!! And yes I agree with you that it is good to have junk laying around to give you inspiration. I have door knobs, keys, etc. ect. just sitting around because they look cute and will probably become projects or not. My husband and I love that desk!! WOW!! The suitcases are always fun too. Oh and my husband likes the last sign the best. Hope to see you this year in Oronoco. Mary Posted: 2:30 pm on January 8th
alicemom writes: Oh Suzie-Q! You are the funniest! The turquoise glass is the best! The first time I saw Tortola all I could say was that water was just like the Six Flags amusement park. I had never seen such a beautiful color of water. Glad you got the rejuvenate in the best way (for me any way). Looking forward to the new junkin' year.
smiles, alcie Posted: 2:11 pm on January 8th
RustyDiva writes: Oh Sue ~ what a "grate" post. (sorry) Drooling over all the pics and can't wait to get out there and look for some of this beautiful junk! I wish more folks had "the vision" ~ then again that just means more junk for the rest of us! Glad you're back (I'm so jealous) from paradise and can't wait to see all the awesome stuff that appears for 2010!

Kenda Posted: 1:19 pm on January 8th
Junk_Newbie writes: Thanks for the "grate" post. I am a new member, but have been a lurker on this site for a while. Everyone on here is so inspirational and just wanted to give props for your Top Ten! Looking forward to posting a project soon :)
Heather Posted: 12:47 pm on January 8th
upyourattic writes: Great post and wonderful junky things to look for ~ if you don't already have some!

I'm spring cleaning early this year (trying to find space for Christmas stuff instead of the garage) and am inspired to move some of my junk out and on display ~ even if it's not in a great "vignette"....I love the balls just sitting there looking round!

Thanks and Happy New Junking Year!
Patti Posted: 11:28 am on January 8th
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